Guillermo Del Toro is one of the most visionary filmmakers working today, and it was just a matter of time before he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. That moment finally came and he used the ceremony to send a message of hope.
The Oscar-winning filmmaker used his speech to detail his journey as a Mexican immigrant making movies in Hollywood and the world at large and reminded everyone who’s on the same path that their stories matter more than what other people may say about them.
“Believe in the stories you have inside and believe that we all can make a difference and we all have stories to tell and we all can contribute to the art and the craft and the world in any way we see fit,” said Del Toro in his emotional speech.
The legendary director, who gave us such film as The Shape of Water and Pan’s Labyrinth, was joined by filmmakers J.J. Abrams, André Øvredal and singer Lana Del Rey, who praised him for being unapologetically himself.
“In a culture of sameness, he’s completely himself. And that’s the greatest lesson I get from his tales… It’s a beautiful thing to be reminded that being different is a thing to be celebrated, and it’s a beautiful thing that we have you to always remind us of that each time we go back to your instantly classic films,” said Del Rey during the ceremony.